19: Q&A What’s the Best Alternative to Skype?

Christy HausslerChristy Haussler of TeamPodcast asks the Real Brian for his best recommendation for an alternative communication technology for podcasters besides Skype.

Because some of the new tech is still in beta, or just coming out, Christy is looking for a recommendation. @IAmTheRealBrian responds that there are still bugs in all of the Skype alternatives right now. But, eventually, it comes down to user preferences and ease of use.

I LIKE SKYPE

Brian Kane, host of the Podcasters’ Paradise Podcast says he still likes Skype for two following reasons, but he gives three cautions:

  1. It’s still free
  2. It works 90% of the time

CAUTIONS:

  1. Do not use a wireless connection to the internet
  2. Use no less than a 50M Connection Speed
  3. Avoid interviews during the evening hours to avoid Skype bandwidth problems

OTHER OPTIONS TO SKYPE

Of the options to Skype out there, most talked about are: Ringr, Zoom, ZenCastr and PodClear. Admitting minimal use of the technologies, TheRealBrian says he’s not needed to use the platforms because his Skype conversations have been pretty good from the beginning (since he started using wired connections and a minimum connection speed of 50M).

But, if he were to choose which tech to go with today, it would probably be PodClear or ZenCast, he says.

WHAT I WOULD DO TO RECORD MY PODCAST

Host Brian Kane (@IAmTheRealBrian) of the Podcasters’ Paradise Podcast says he would experiment with each platform to see if it is easy to use, “I don’t want [myself or my guests] to spend a lot of time on it,” he advises.

Second, Brian says he would make sure the other side is easy to use the platform.

Third, he recommends a check to see which one offers a 30 day guaranteed trial since none of the platforms are truly out of beta just yet.

Fourth, make sure the platform has lots of good video teaching users how the platform works and how to use it.

DO YOU WANT TO TRIAL BETA? IF NOT…

If you do not want to test beta version software, then, you need to keep using Skype. If, on the other hand, you’re ready to test software, face the possibility of bad releases, or the danger of losing your entire conversation, then Ringr, PodClear, ZenCastr or Zoom might be a great tool for your podcast production.

WHAT HAVE YOU USED?

Which of these softwares/technologies have you used to record episodes of your podcast? If you have any experience (especially positive experiences) with either of these technologies, let us know. Send us a comment, tweet @IAmTheRealBrian, or comment below.

FINAL WORD

While everyone is raving over those “double ender” recordings, which do sound better, the question is “does the ROI on the podcast make the recording platform worth it?

IMPORTANT LINKS

Ringr
Skype
ZenCastr
Zoom

PodClear (now Blab.im)
ZenCastr

Submit Your Questions: EOFire.com/ppq
@IAmTheRealBrian (Twitter)

For information about professional show notes go to shownotesguy.com

To find out more about the podcast, visit PodcastersParadise.com

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